A great classic style all weather coat that will always be in good style, this pretty full length coat is made from an attractive tan colored polyester material which really looks like a polished cotton with a very nice sheen. The style of the coat is very smart....ever so slightly flared with a beautiful gathered Peter Pan Collar. The long Ragland sleeves have a ruffled cuff at the wrist with an elastic band....the band is completely covered by gathered fabric and there is a functional button detail on each cuff. Each sleeve has a dart at the elbow. There are generous pockets on each side of the front of the coat. The coat closes at the front with nine (9) small dark brown plastic buttons. Fully lined with gold taffeta lining, the coat is beautifully detailed with a black woven band trim that defines the pockets, cuffs, collar and front opening. There is a black woven cord tie which goes all the way under the collar (attached to the coat) and hangs on each side of the front of the coat. The cord tie is finished at the bottom with a tassel on each end. This coat offers comfort, but doesn't sacrifice style! I found some interesting ads for the company that made this coat. Youthcraft Coats and Suits, Inc. most likely made items under a number of labels. Ads from as far back as the 1940's can be seen online for this label, Lassie Junior. One ad from the 1950's makes the claim that "The lining of every Lassie is guaranteed for the life of the coat." Another ad from 1954 boasts that the coats are made "with quality and fashion sewn into every stitch." And still another from 1957 had the famous model, Suzy Parker, wearing a coat bearing the Lassie label. The 1960's brought another slogan....."I Love a Lassie"! It's quite obvious that these garments were made with both pride and quality.
Condition: Never Worn Deadstock
Even though this coat has never been worn and still bears the original tag attached to the cuff, there are several small issues which I would have to say are "shop wear" issues. On the front of the coat at the very bottom near the braid, there is a slight pull in the fabric....sorry, didn't show up well in the photos and will not show up to many admirers, either. Also, on the front of the coat to the left of the second button, there are two tiny pulls in the fabric weave. These almost appeared to be tiny holes.....so, I got my loupe out to examine them more closely and determined that they are not holes, but pulls. There are several minor scuffs on the material which have certainly come from just normal handling in a store. Perhaps the most objectionable issue is that there is a small hole (the size of a pinhead) in the gathered material that covers the elastic on the left cuff ....this whole looks like it could have come from an ash hitting the material....it has that appearance in that it is a small dark hole. This is not readily seen because of the gathering of the material.
Label: On the front of the paper hangtag attached at the cuff, the label reads: Lassie Junior Coats
On the back of this same label: Style 5930, 100% Polyester, Lot 264, Division of Youthcraft Coats and Suits Inc., 801 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64105 (The US Postal Service first used zip codes in 1963)
There is a Lassie Junior label sewn into the inner lining of the coat as well as a care label which reads: Professionally Dry Clean Only
Size: The back of the paper tag gives the size of the coat as 7, but this coat is a little too big for me (I wear a size 8) and I would say that this coat is a 8-10.....a generous Size 8! But, of course, always refer to the measurements in order to get the best fit for you.
Measurements Taken With The Coat Buttoned
Shoulder to Shoulder: 16"
Inner Sleeve Measured to Bottom of Ruffled Cuff: 18"
Outer Sleeve (Ragland Sleeve) Measured at Natural Shoulder: Approximately 24"
Circumference of Neck Opening: 17"
Circumference of Wrist Opening at Covered Elastic: 10" and at Bottom of Ruffled Cuff: 14"
Length From Shoulder to Bottom Hemline: 44"
Total Circumference of Bottom Hemline (Coat Laid Out Flat): 56"
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